Paul E. Anna: High Points
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Well at least it has been a good season for ski tuners.
I’m not saying that the snow has not been good, but have you taken a look at the bottoms of your skis lately? Chances are they are grooved and cut and yes, even if you sent them to your favorite mani-pedi specialist for a little love at the beginning of the season, they likely are a little rough right now.
At this time last year we had more snow than we knew what to do with. Everything was covered, with not a rock or a tree to be found for at least 24 inches below the surface and there was a daily dose of extra coverage. And we were just getting started. And don’t even ask about the year before.
This year, however, we seem to be in the middle of a “split-flow” that has storms going a bit north and a bit south while we sit in a storm, uh, rut. So far, Telluride and Steamboat both have been blessed with moderately more tonnage. According to SkiReport.com, Ajax has a 26-inch base while Telluride logs in with 38 inches and Steamboat is between 43 and 47 inches. And Steamboat had a half foot on Wednesday when we got an optimistic 3 inches.
I remember a blurb in this very paper in November, just before Thanksgiving, that Klaus Wolter of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was predicting an El Nino-inspired pattern would send storms south of the Central Rockies. I scoffed at the time. I mean, who is this guy? Just some expert who studies weather patterns for a living and has satellite and temperature data for every square inch of this globe along with a database that goes back to the time of the first rings on California’s grand Sequoia trees.
So now the snow report for Taos, N.M., located 250 or so miles south of here, says that all 13 lifts are open and the base ranges from 32-56 inches. Exactly double the reported base on Aspen. Give it up for the guy from NOAA.
We have been spoiled for two straight years now with epic conditions and though we have full coverage and have received a few inches here and a few inches there on a weekly basis, our expectations have just been so high that we are feeling a bit sorry for ourselves.
No need for pity. Just remember that worst-day skiing is nearly always better than the best day in the office. The story is not how little snow we have, but rather how good the snow is for how little we have.
And by next week everything could change.
So keep your good boards tuned and ready because it ain’t over until it’s over.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
The Brush Creek Fire, located near Brush Mountain on Douglas Pass, and the Oil Springs Fire, located 20 miles south of Rangely and about 11 miles from the Brush Creek Fire, are contributing to the smokey air in and around Garfield County